Elie Wiesel's Losing The Faith?

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Losing the Faith? During difficult times, many people turn to their faith in order to help themselves deal with the situation that they are going through. However, difficult times may cause people to stray away from their faith or forget about their beliefs all together. In his novel, Night, Elie Wiesel describes in detail his time spent in a concentration camp. As a result of living in a concentration camp and the horrible experiences he lived through, it is evident that Wiesel begins to lose the faith that was once so important to him. Although Wiesel himself argues that he did not lose his faith, many would argue that the events that took place during the Holocaust caused Wiesel to resent God and lose his faith that was once so important to him. Growing up, Elie Wiesel’s faith…show more content…
Everyone present was weeping and some were praying. The sound of Kaddish, the prayer for the dead coming from his father, caught Elie off guard and angered him. He exclaimed, “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank Him for?” (Wiesel 33). This quote demonstrates the idea that Elie is beginning to grow angry with God, and is beginning to stray from his once extremely religious life. In the article “Holocaust and the Death of God: A Study of Elie Wiesel’s Night”, it is argued that this is the first time that Elie realizes that he is “terribly alone in the world without God” (Mehrotra & Vats 166) Nitisha Mehrotra and Naresh K. Vats would also argue that although Elie appears to resent God and his religion, this decision was not easy for him. Elie strove to be someone who would never renounce his faith, yet when faced with treacherous conditions and harsh persecution Elie found it growing more and more difficult to keep his faith in
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